HARLINGEN, Texas – One of the top education events in the Rio Grande Valley occurred in November when UTRGV, the City of Harlingen and Harlingen CISD hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new UTRGV Harlingen Collegiate High School.

The new campus, covering 6.3 acres, houses 64,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching labs. 

Dr. Alicia Noyola

UTRGV HCH offers bachelor’s degree programs that focus on academic core, engineering, computer science and education. Students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit by the time they graduate high school.  

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said the new facility is a milestone for Valley students.

“This is a great facility for Harlingen and it’s great for the Rio Grande Valley,” Bailey said. “There is nothing like this in the state of Texas or UT System – not to this degree of collaboration.

“For all of you students, we are fully committed to your success. We want you to graduate and we want you to stay in the Valley. We couldn’t provide this kind of education without partners like HCISD and the leaders we have here,” he said.

The attached podcast includes an interview with Harlingen CISD Superintendent Dr. Alicia Noyola, along with other VIPs at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.


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